ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE (but Life is not a Play)

Those of us who write plays tend to see dramatic irony, character development, and scene work itself in our everyday world.  It’s how we structure our writing to turn out dramas that people (hopefully) want to come to see.  Great events shake us with their theatricality.  Not only playwrights but also poets, novelists, and historians are still dredging material from great Wars.

However for the most part dramas are idealized tellings of life.  Most people don’t wait for their lover to arrive before they perish as in CAMILLE so that recriminations can be silenced.  Most people don’t opine about existence to an audience of courtiers as in HAMLET,  Very few find a lost letter or love.  It is how we wish life would be when explanations or revenge were possible.  Don’t ever call playwrights cynical!  We long for stories, acts and endings that tie up those loose strings of emotion.

I love a world in theatre that puts parentheses around a story so it stops.  Life just goes on and on giving us those dramatic clues to what could be a perfect ending….and isn’t. 




About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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